Mental illness cannot be seen under a microscope
“I’ve got some issues that nobody can see…”
It seems easy for society to have compassion or acceptance for a person diagnosed with …
- cancer in need for chemotherapy
- a headache in need to take aspirin
- the flu in need of bed rest
But a mental illness in need of antidepressants, ECT, or disability … ? Is the lack of acceptance because it cannot be diagnosed in a lab?
A heachache cannot be seen yet we accept it is real, it happens. Aspirin is bad for the liver yet we take it for a headache, the benefits outweigh the risk for many.
A friend of mine recently underwent ECT treatment. The agony of going to treatment and post experience of memory loss made it incredibly difficult. I had to remind her, this is to save your life. A cancer patient’s body is made to feel incredibly ill with chemo. Each session is a fight for life. Yet, there are risks that it may not work. But its a fight for life.
There is no difference.
There is a stigma that needs to be broken down. Its encouraging to find mental health blogs online making this effort.
Take a moment to visit www.bringchange2mind.org